Unusual angels descend on St Helens for tenth year as Christmas festivities begin

Vinyl Vera, and Nutty. Two of the St Helens angels. <i>(Image: St Helens Village of Angels)</i>
Vinyl Vera, and Nutty. Two of the St Helens angels. (Image: St Helens Village of Angels)

CHRISTMAS is well and truly underway in St Helens thanks to the annual Village of Angels event, now in its tenth year, and other festivities.

Saturday saw a Christmas fayre and the lighting of the village Christmas tree.

The Village of Angels event was originally the idea of local artist Leigh Jackman, but in the last few years it has been organised and run by the vice chair of the parish council, Sarah Elliott.

This year, monies raised are going to support St Helens Primary School and village events, including planned celebrations for the coronation of King Charles III.

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To take a tour of the angels, pick up a map from the village shop or The Vine Inn, which shows the angels that have landed so far.

Entries are still open for the competition and judging will take place on December 3.

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Participants are encouraged to use recycled materials and solar powered lighting wherever possible to create their angel.

The first prize for adult entries is £50, with second and third prizes of £30 and £10. WHSmith vouchers are being awarded for children's entries, with the first prize voucher valued at £20.

Isle of Wight County Press: Nutty the angel.
Isle of Wight County Press: Nutty the angel.

Nutty the angel. (Image: St Helens Village of Angels)

Sarah said: "I am incredibly pleased and proud that the Village of Angels has reached its tenth year.

"It is a unique and special celebration of the festive season in St Helens which celebrates our wonderful community as well as raising money for local good causes.

“I hope as many people as possible will come and view the incredible and inventive artwork of local residents and it inspires people to donate something to support our local school and local events.”

Isle of Wight County Press: Vinyl Vera the angel.
Isle of Wight County Press: Vinyl Vera the angel.

Vinyl Vera the angel. (Image: St Helens Village of Angels)